Sun Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Microsoft Java — In Sun Microsystems’ year-old Java licensing lawsuit against Microsoft, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte has approved Sun’s request for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft’s Java implementations for Windows, giving Microsoft 90 days to bring Java-related products into compliance with its licensing agreement with Sun. Essentially, this means Microsoft’s Java products must support Sun’s Java Native Interface (JNI) to the Java runtime environment, pass Sun’s Java compatibility tests, and disable by default non-standard compiler directives and keywords in Java development tools. Microsoft must also notify its customers it has been preliminarily found in violation of Sun’s license agreement and warn developers when they attempt to compile code that will not be compatible with Sun’s Java technology. Microsoft says it will comply with the ruling, and although the court found that Sun is likely to prevail in the actual trial, it required Sun to post a $15 million bond in case Microsoft wins in the end. Fallout from the decision may already be coming, with reports that Microsoft is dropping its Java virtual machines (VMs) for Macintosh and Unix, in part to comply with the court order. [GD]
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